Project Overview for Teachers - A Template

"Digital citizenship is not about creating a list of things to do or a stagnant curriculum that you can use for the next 10 years. It's about transforming yourself into a professional who can effectively research technology trends, monitor the uses of technology in your school or district, avoid the fear factor that can easily paralyze you, and empower student-centered learning to create vibrant, exciting learning projects." Vicki Davis & Julie Lindsay

We wanted to share the planning process we went through in developing the Digital ID project. Having a template had proved helpful in keeping focused on our initial goals. We offer it here as a potentially useful template for developing your own iteration of a collaborative digital citizenship project. For your convenience, we've also created a blank template for your convenience.

Project Title: Digital ID

Project Facilitators: Natalie Bernasconi & Gail Desler

Target Students: Gr 5-11 (Strategies will be appropriate for and easily adapted to grades 4-12)

Time Frame: Full School Year

Content Area: Tech Integration / ELA & Core - Project will be woven into the core curriculum, mainly ELA and HSS.
Project description: Digital Citizenship: A focus on the safe, effective, and ethical use of the Internet

Essential Questions:
  • What does it mean to be a (digital) citizen?
  • What are my rights as a citizen?
  • What are my responsibilities as a citizen?

Student Learning Objectives and Outcomes:
  • Stepping Up ~ Cyberbullying: By examining bullying within their own lives and across historical events and time periods, students will consider the importance of empathy as a 21st century skill. Stemming from a recent ISTE presentation by Alan November, supported by the ASCD, empathy is equally important as “such critical skills as creativity, collaboration and adaptability in a 21st-century global information economy.”

    Within the core curriculum (ELA & HSS), students will explore common threads across time, location, historical and current events around incidents of racism, discrimination, exclusion, and forced removal of any group of people. As they examine the 4 roles of bullying ~ cyberbullying: bully, victim, bystander, upstander - they will create multimedia projects that promote positive digital citizenship.

  • Building Identities ~ Digital Footprint: By examining the importance of maintaining a positive digital identity, students will learn how to employ self-regulation to manage their own digital footprint.

  • Respecting Boundaries ~ Intellectual Property: By employing critical thinking, students will learn the ethical use of intellectual property.

  • Protecting Online Security and Privacy: By studying common threats to electronic security and equipment, students will learn to protect themselves and sensitive information.

What they will do:
Students will collaborate in a shared mission to educate themselves and the community (including peers, younger students, parents, and community stakeholders), about digital citizenship. They will create multi-media projects (options include Voicethread, Glogster, podcasts, videos, PPT or Prezis, etc) that transform their research into actions that empower.

Free tech tools students can use:


How will you know they have learned:
  • Pre- and post survey of participating students (and a secondary survey of the wider student community) to establish baseline of student awareness of digital citizenship and current level of bullying officially reported to counselors AND unofficially reported through our survey
  • Fewer incidents of bullying~cyberbullying reported by school administrator and/or counselor by end of school year
  • Performance-based assessment through a multi-media project demonstrating mastery of digital citizenship concepts
  • Rubrics to be used will be drawn from several samples of multi-media project rubrics and then fine-tuned by participating teachers in both districts

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